New eye test for Alzheimer’s disease showing promise

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DENVER -- Alzheimer's disease typically strikes later in life, that's why researchers are struggling to find a way to spot the signs of its development well before it can affect a patient's golden years.

A simple eye test is not yet available but is showing promise.  Research on the test was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Researchers say the same kind of plaque that clogs the brain, causing Alzheimer’s, can also be spotted in the back of the eye.

Trial results show the test can predict the disease 15 to 20 years before any symptoms develop.

There have been many new developments in ways to screen for Alzheimers disease.  Medical experts say each one is important because early detection is a big part of fighting Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Victoria Pelak of the University of Colorado School of Medicine says, “if you do have a diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s disease you’re able to take advantage of treatments very early in its course.”

Until the test becomes available, doctors say everyone should be aware of the signs of Alzheimers. They include an abnormal lapse in memory and judgement.

Experts say whether you notice the signs in your loved ones, or yourself, talk to a doctor right away.

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